Candlelight vigil for men who died of carbon dioxide poisoning

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Dozens of friends and family packed together just as the sun was setting at the corner of Cloud Road and Central Avenue in Desert Hills. They were there to say goodbye to Dr. William Tryon, 61, and Christian Silaghi, 34. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Dozens of friends and family packed together just as the sun was setting at the corner of Cloud Road and Central Avenue in Desert Hills. They were there to say goodbye to Dr. William Tryon, 61, and Christian Silaghi, 34. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Dr. Bill Tryon Dr. Bill Tryon
Cristian Silaghi. (Source: GoFundMe) Cristian Silaghi. (Source: GoFundMe)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It was an emotional night for those who knew the two men who died of carbon dioxide poisoning in an underground storage tank earlier this week. They gathered together as a community and share stories.

Dozens of friends and family packed together just as the sun was setting at the corner of Cloud Road and Central Avenue in Desert Hills. They were there to say goodbye to Dr. William Tryon, 61, and Christian Silaghi, 34.

There were laughter and tears through the candlelight. Tryon's children also showed up to thank everyone for their support. The community is still in shock over what happened just a few days ago.

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"He was a kind man and helped me find a horse that was right for me," Deb Johnson said. "It’s tough, you know. I just wanted to be here for his family and let them know that he was a good man."

"He never had anything bad to say about anyone," Jim Collins said. "He gave all he could to every kid in their community. He would talk to them and answer their questions. He was good -- one in a million -- and I'll really miss him."

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A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral costs for Silaghi.  

The third man pulled from the hole, Juan Pablo Garcia, is still in critical condition at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital.

The three men reportedly were pumping water from an underground grain storage area when Tryon fell. His tech, Garcia, went down after him. Silaghi, a neighbor, when Garcia lost consciousness.

The hole had an "oxygen deficient atmosphere." A meter measured the oxygen level at just 4 percent at the bottom of the hole. Normal atmosphere contains between 20.8 and 21 percent oxygen.

Tryon's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

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